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ITC Complaint Hits Nokia, RIM, Palm, HTC, Panasonic

January 20, 2009 in Wireless Industry News

Saxon Innovations, a previously-unknown “intellectual property licensing company” filed a mega-complaint to the ITC (International Trade Commission) today against some of the biggest names in the handset business, alleging that the companies violated patents owned by the company.

The patents themselves seem to be some pretty boring stuff:

At issue in Saxon’s complaint about the handheld makers are three patents that the firm bought in July 2007: one for a keypad monitor that can be activated via external clock signals; one for an apparatus that can disable so-called interrupt masks within processors; and one for a device and methodology for supporting communications between the different processors in a multiprocessor architecture.

Two Nokia models were specifically targeted by Saxon – the N73 and N95, along with the Blackberry 8100 Pearl and Palm Treo 700p.

The company is seeking a nice, fat ban on the infringing phones, but would more likely seek a nice, fat paycheck somewhere down the line.

Patent firm seeks to bar Nokia, RIM and Palm from importing handhelds – ComputerWorld

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